More about the Merchants Doing Business in Birds:
Vincennes Sunday Commercial November 8, 1891
Jas. Wood - Miller and Grain Dealer
Mr. Wood is proprietor of one of the leading business establishments of Birds, and is of untold advantage to the town and the farming community around about. He runs an excellent mill, grinding burr flour, meal and feed, and keeps the best of roller flour on exchange for wheat and cash.
He does custom work of all kinds and has a large and rapidly growing trade, and can count his customers by the hundreds, who come from all directions of Lawrence and Crawford counties. His fine new mill shows the advantage a customer mill is to a town in bringing farmers to town from every quarter. Nor is this all the business Mr. Wood is engaged in; he also buys wheat and corn in great quantities, for which he pays the highest market value. His shipments of wheat and other grain are enormous, and Mr. Wood is rapidly building up one of the best businesses in Birds. Farmers, and all alike, give him a call and encourage home enterprise, and you may soon expect to have one of the best mills in the state.
J. W. Campbell- Agent of C., C.C. & St. L. R.R.
Through the efficient management of ticket and freight agent Campbell, at Birds, the Big Four railroad has just recently sold scores of tickets to all parts of the union. About four months ago, the management of the road concluded to furnish tickets at Birds for all points in the United States. Through the efficient management and courteous treatment of patrons of the C.,C.C. & St. L. road by Mr. Campbell, he has sold scores of tickets to California, Missouri, Ohio and other points which is as it should be, appreciated by the traveling public. Anyone wishing to go west can by buying a through ticket from Mr. Campbell, make the trip with less changes of cars than can be made in any other way. It would be folly for anyone to suppose for a minute, that people wishing to make long trips over the road would not fully appreciate this great and beneficial advantage in buying but one ticket which saves them from one to three changes of cars. Those wishing to make long trips will find it to their advantage to call on Mr. Campbell, who will render you every courtesy in his power.
Jones and Roberts - General store
These gentlemen run a general store, keeping in stock clothing, dry good, notions, hats, boots, shoes, groceries, provisions and queensware, and owing to Mr. Jones’s ill health, they are closing out their entire stock of goods at cost. Those wishing to avail themselves of this grand opportunity should call early while there is a complete stock to select from. Everything must go.
Mr. Cary Roberts, one of the partners of the above-named firm, is also proprietor of the Hale House on Main Street, which is the only first-class house in Birds. The traveling public will find it a good place to stop. The table is first class; the rooms large and well ventilated, and supplied with nice clean beds; the charges are reasonable.
But the business which Mr. Roberts gives his most attention to, is that of buying grain and stock, for which he pays the highest market price. He also breeds Short horn cattle and Poland China hogs, of which he keeps a good supply to fill the growing demand made on him for these extra fine breeds of livestock. He buys and ships a great deal of grain and stock, if you have either to sell, give him a call.